The Future of Your Only Child: How to Guide Your Child to a Happy and Successful Life

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Palgrave Macmillan, Mar 4, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 256 pages
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One-child households have doubled over the last two decades, making it one of the fastest-growing family units in America. Expert Carl Pickhardt aids families in understanding the common traits of many adult "onlies"--like shyness, perfection, and intolerance--so that they can better prepare for potential outcomes. He also celebrates the positive qualities of only children and how to encourage characteristics like thoughtfulness, creativity, and ambition. Pickhardt sheds new light on issues that many only-child families encounter, such as:

-attachment problems

-conflicts between only child and parent

-performance anxiety

-unusually high personal expectations

-feelings of entitlement

-dependence

-problems with risk-taking

With a distinctive focus on long-term effects, this book will help refine and improve daily parenting methods. Parents will welcome these insightful guidelines for the formative influence they wish to provide.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1BIRTH ORDER AND ONLYCHILD RESEARCH
2ATTENTIONA Matter of Notice
3SENSITIVITYA Matter of Feeling
4CONSTANCYA Matter of Order
5FRIENDSHIPA Matter of Loyalty
6WILLFULNESSA Matter of Control
7ATTACHMENTA Matter of Intimacy
12POSSESSIVENESSA Matter of Ownership
13APPROVALA Matter of Pleasing
14DEPENDENCEA Matter of Holding On
15PRESSUREA Matter of Demand
16ANXIETYA Matter of Loss
A FINAL WORD ACCEPTANCEA Matter of Appreciation
APPENDIX ASELFMANAGEMENT FOR ADULT ONLY CHILDREN
APPENDIX BNOTABLE ONLY CHILDREN

8CONFLICTA Matter of Inexperience
9RECTITUDEA Matter of Correctness
10AMBITIONA Matter of Achievement
11RESPONSIBILITYA Matter of Commitment
FURTHER READING
NOTES
INDEX
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Carl E. Pickhardt, Ph.D. is the author of popular parenting titles including Keys to Successful Stepfathering, The Everything® Parent's Child to the Strong-Willed Child, The Everything® Parent's Guide to Positive Discipline, and The Connected Father (Palgrave Macmillan). He lives in Austin, Texas.

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